November 6, 2012
THE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD BECOMES AMERICA’S TOWN SQUARE
New York City’s Times Square will become an international center for election coverage as thousands of spectators from around the world, as well as local, national and international media, converge to watch the results of the presidential election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Live election coverage will be broadcast on the giant screens throughout Times Square.
Election Night Events
Among the national news organizations that will be reporting from Times Square is CNN Worldwide, who will offer visitors to the “Crossroads of the World” a special interactive election experience as they watch election results on enormous high-definition television screens. CNN will host a viewing party on Duffy Square (located at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue at 46th Street), inviting political followers to participate in the climax of this election season. Attendees can watch real-time election returns and CNN’s leading coverage broadcast on Spectacolor HD, ClearChannel Spectacolor’s digital display at the corner of 47th Street and Broadway and the only true high-definition, full video display in Times Square.
Additionally, ABC News will be broadcasting their election coverage on their giant screen across from Military Island. FOX Business Network will be hosting a viewing party and doing a live telecast from NASDAQ studios in Times Square. AP TV & NBC will also be broadcasting from the plaza on 48th Street, along with other international outlets.
History of Election Nights in Times Square
Times Square has been the gathering point for New Yorkers on Election Days going back to 1904. In each case, Times Square presents the diversity, and at times disorder, of American culture and politics. On Election Day 1904, the same year The New York Times opened its headquarters in midtown and renamed the Broadway-7th Avenue intersection after itself, it held a pre-TV, pre-radio version of a viewing party. The presidential race was between Theodore Roosevelt and Alton Parker, both New Yorkers, and The Times said that once the ballots came in it would flash searchlights from the top of 1 Times Square to announce the result to the city: a light pointing west if Roosevelt won and east if it was Parker. And in 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected in a historic landslide, as thousands crowded Times Square in the middle of the nation’s greatest economic downturn to cheer the result.
Photos from 2008 Presidential Election in Times Square. Photo credits: Emile Wamsteker.